Lamar W. Hankins, a columnist for The Rag Blog and a former San Marcos City Attorney, discusses his investigative reporting about a major scandal involving an East Texas fundamentalist church. And we also address Rick Perry's legal problems, about which Hankins has also written.
Lamar's Rag Blog article (at TheRagBlog.com) about the very cultish Church of Wells went viral, attracting thousands of readers, well over a thousand Facebook shares, and more than 200 impassioned comments. The story involves the death of three-day-old Faith Pursley who died of a routinely treatable condition because the church "elders" convinced Faith's parents to leave the child's fate to "God's will" rather than seeking medical treatment, and then urged church members to pray for her "resurrection." No action has been taken by the Cherokee County district attorney's office. Lamar continues to work on developments in this story.
Hankins, a writer and semi-retired attorney in San Marcos, Texas, is a veteran of the civil rights and the anti-Vietnam War movement, worked with VISTA, and later managed a legal services agency. As an attorney, he helped sue the Texas prison system for providing lesser training and educational opportunities to women inmates, and was co-counsel in a class action suit challenging the denial of equal protection for women in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University. He was City Attorney for the City of San Marcos for five and a half years. He previously wrote for the San Marcos Mercury and has been a regular contributor to The Rag Blog for the last four years.
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